Hala Thabet

Associate Professor -Chair, International Affairs and Social Sciences Department

Dr. Thabet joined ZU in 2005 as an assistant professor of Political Science and has been teaching a wide range of courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Before joining ZU, she worked in the Egyptian Parliament (People's Assembly) as a political researcher, and a research assistant in the Institute of Arab Research & Studies, the Arab League.

Her research Interests focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, with special emphasis on Ethnic/ Racial conflict and conflict management. She participated in various conferences in Egypt, Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon, South Africa, Nigeria and USA. She also published many articles and book chapters in Arabic and in English on African Affairs.

She published translations of many book chapters of the Journal of African Renaissance as part of a joint project between the African association of Political Science and Cairo University.

Roles and Responsibilities

(2018 –present). Chair of the International Studies Department 

Previous Positions

(2011-2014). Coordinator of AL 

(2014-2016). Assistant Director of IAL 

(2016- 2018). Assistant Dean for Students Affairs 


2015: ZU Award for Outstanding Contribution to Learning Assessment

2013: Exemplary Faculty Merit Award

2017: Substantially Exceeding Expectations Award 


2008-2011: ZU Accreditation Committee, Curriculum Committee, Learning Assessment Committee, Faculty Affairs Committee, Students Affairs Committee, Research Affairs Committee (RIF), Students Case Committee, and Students Success Committee.


French – Fluent

English – Fluent

Spanish Good


Research and Professional Activities

Research interests:

African Affairs

Ethnic and Racial Identities

Ethnic/ Racial conflict Management


Teaching Areas

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses:

African Political systems - Research Methods – Comparative Political Systems – Introduction to Political Science  - women and gender in Islamic societies and others

Published on a variety of African Affairs topics, such as:

“Anti-Balaka movement in CAR: between religious divisions and power conflict” (2016)

“Al-Shabab Movement in Somalia and Child recruitment” (2017)

“Africa and the Middle East: Shifting Alliances and Strategic Partnerships” (Palgrave Macmillan 2017).